The iPhone dominated the smartphone market here in Australia for many years. It slipped to second spot behind Android in 2015, but it is still hugely popular and respected across the country. The iPhone is the perfect device for browsing the internet, making calls, watching videos, listening to music and, of course, gambling. It is the ultimate device, with an unbeatable operating system that is leagues above the competition.
The iPhone in Australia
Sales are not really slipping for the iPhone. Instead, the reason Android is ahead is simply because there are more Android phones out there and they are available at many more price points. In fact, the iPhone and iOS in particular is at its most popular in Australia, because we Aussies just can’t get enough of this device. In recent years, iOS has taken a greater share of the mobile market in Australia than it has in the United States and in the first quarter of 2015, the market share of 34.9% that it enjoyed in Australia was one of the highest in the world, second only to Japan.
We lap the iPhones up, and have done so from the very first model to the very latest one. Why this is, isn’t so clear, but the world of online gambling may have something to do with it. With their retina displays, their solid constructs and their outstanding power, online gambling and online pokies in particular look absolutely mesmerizing on an iPhone. Add to this the fact that Australians are the biggest gamblers in the world, and that online gambling is at its height Down Under, and you have a recipe for success for Apple and their flagship device.
Playing Slots on Your iPhone
There is no shortage of slot machine games in the App Store, but these are “fun play” games that will not appeal to the diehard pokie player. These games are free to play, but they often come loaded with advertisements and require you to purchase extras to get more out of them, all while never giving you the opportunity to win anything.
Luckily, there are still plenty of real money slots out there as well. Some of these are available on the App Store, because unlike the Google Play Store on the Android, iOS has nothing against online gambling and doesn’t do all it can to stop it. However, you may still need to go direct to the online casino website in order to download the iOS app. Before you do, you will need to access your “Settings” to “allow apps from third-party sources”.
Most versions of the iPhone and iOS should be compatible with the latest online casinos, but that might not apply to the first few models. iPhones tend to become obsolete after a period of time, and that time period may well be up for the first few editions of this smartphone.
The Best iPhone Casinos
In our opinion, you can’t go much wrong with Jackpot City. This is a Microgaming casino, which means it has the best pokies and the widest selection. It’s customer support is also second to none, while its bonuses are some of the biggest we have ever seen. Unlike the revolving-door casinos that only seem to be focus on new players coming in and going out, Jackpot City also seems to care more about loyal players, and it will do its best to keep you as a member.
The Microgaming software was one of the first to be developed for mobile use and it looks fantastic on all devices. The software is more or less the same across the board, but there are a few slight tweaks depending on which casino you use. These are mostly aesthetics, but the number of games offered can also change from casino to casino. Jackpot City has a line-up of premium games, most of which are available on their mobile software.
The Best iPhone Pokies
So, now that you have downloaded the software and signed up to the casino, which games should you be on the lookout for? One of the better pokies out there, and one that has been at the top of our list since it was released in 2014, is Avalon II. We never liked the first game in this series as it is very dated and offers very little, but like The Dark Knight following on from Batman Begins, Avalon II is here to prove that sequels can be so much better than originals.
Game of Thrones is a great pokie for fans of the TV series, and speaking of the famous Caped Crusader, the Dark Knight and Dark Knight Rises pokies will also look the part on your iPhone and give you countless hours of fun.